Friday, June 26, 2015

Mendocino Farms - Irvine

Mendocino Farms makes a banh mi sandwich that isn't exactly a banh mi sandwich. The bread isn't a baguette; it's ciabatta in the usual ciabatta shape: square. But because it's crisped up on a panini press, the bread crackles when you bite into it, just as the crust of a proper baguette should.

And in eating it further you realize how very banh mi-like this sandwich actually is. Nearly all the flavors you expect and had in the last real banh mi you ate is present and accounted for: pickled daikon, pickled carrots, plenty of sliced jalapenos, cilantro, cucumbers, and a good spackling of mayo.

No, there's no pate, or the umami of Maggi. And the braised and caramelized Kutobuta pork belly stuffed in there as protein is a little bit of an overkill, but that's fine too, since what you're really tasting is everything else in this "banh mi"--an item described on the menu as a "playful take on the popular Vietnamese sandwich."

All of this is to say that it's still not a banh mi, not exactly--but that's doesn't mean it isn't good.

Mendocino Farms
4175 Campus Dr. Ste B
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 783-2900

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At 10:35 AM, Blogger ChristianZ said...

Went once to the location in El Segundo and found it pretty good.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Greg Hao said...

But since it's Mendocino farms it does mean it's expensive. They make good sandwiches but man, are they expensive.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger EatTravelEat said...

Just had this recently and I agree with you-- it's a pleasant upscale banh-mi inspired sandwich. That pork belly was quite tasty, a bit too much jalepeno for me though.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...


They're everywhere now, aren't they? Corner Bakery has a worthy adversary! Panera never had a chance.


Agreed. If I didn't have a BOGO coupon on me, I would've suffered from sticker shock! Especially when I can still get three banh mis for $6 at Banh Mi Che Cali.


Since I love lots of jalapeños on banh mis, this one was perfect. I liked how they did it julienned, which takes extra effort. Hmm, maybe that's why it costs so much.


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